FUSIL is believed to have been ordered in 1900, completed in 1908 by J. T. Crampton, Portsmouth as a 52.5ft pinnace. The vessel's length overall of 52 feet indicates she was pre-1905, when Admiral Fisher's overall decree ran that naval attached vessels of this type should have a maximum LOA of 45 feet. When used by the RNAD, she would have been used as an Ammunition launch to tow Ammunition barges.
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This vessel is a survivor from the First World War. You can read more about her wartime history by visiting our First World War: Britain's Surviving Vessels website www.ww1britainssurvivingvessels.org.uk.
Built by J T Crampton of Portsmouth as an Ammunition Barge to tow other ammunition barges for the Admiralty. She was also used as the Admiral’s Barge for Admiral John O’Hopkins
She became a Houseboat
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